About The Wine
This is a little piece of Australia's wine history. The year is 1868. Best's Great Western. Eleven rows of Pinot Meunier are planted along side a little Pinot Noir. Phylloxera wipes out Europe's vines. Best's vines remained untouched.
They now boast the oldest vines of this variety on the planet. In fact, the French have made the odd visit out to the Best's nursery block to pilfer some cuttings of this ancient clone. If you are a true wine geek, you should be swooning by now.
There is ever so little of this wine made. Most years, it is declassified down into the Young Vine Pinot Meunier but every so often the quality and quantity is high enough to warrant a solo release. Each vintage is highly collectable.
It disappears into the cellars of people in the know very, very, quickly. This is a rare bird in Australian wine and one well worth saving for a special occasion.
About Best's Great Western
Best's Great Western is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in the country.
Their iconic Nursery Block is home to some of the oldest clonal material for particular varieties that can be found anywhere in the world. Established in the late 1860s, this precious vineyard is envied by much of the wine growing world.
Their wines are consistently excellent: the Shiraz dark and powerful, the Rieslings full flavoured and impeccably balanced, and the rare releases of Old Vine Meunier and Thomson Family Shiraz are some of the most collectable red wines in the country.
The Thomson family, and the Best family before them, have given us one of the true treasures of the Australian wine scene.